February 26-28, 2018
North Carolina, USA

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Day One
Tuesday 27th February 2018

Day Two
Wednesday 28th February 2018


Commercialization and Compatibility

08.00
Registration Opens

08.50
Chairperson Opening Remarks


IN-DEPTH FIELD TRIAL DESIGN AND ANALYSIS– FIELD FIRST TO DEMONSTRATE EFFICACY


Synopsis

For accurate estimation of the efficacy of a microbial based product,  idealistic field trials need to be conducted and analysed usign with the final product/formulation within a specified dose range and performed under a wide range of environmental and agronomic conditions. Advanced understanding of combinations (with chemicals, soil amendments) etc is also an important aspect of successful field evaluation. The purpose of this theme will be to review current practice in microbial field testing including the ‘field first’ methodology adopted.

09.00
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  • Aaron Waltz Director, Field Trials and Nutrition, Inocucor

09.20
Successful Field Trial Strategy and Analytics for Improved Microbial Understanding

Synopsis

• Assessing the efficacy of running the largest microbial research program in the US
• Utilising field trial data to identify new ways soil microbial solutions can deliver
improved harvests from existing land
• How to best complement agricultural chemicals and fertilisers with emerging
microbial products

09.40
Serenade as a Case Study: Bayer Steps Back into Microbials

Synopsis

  • Large field trial program to effectively transition Agraquest’s bioloigcs only portfolio to integrated solutions in Bayer’s fungicide portfolio
  • Building on Agraquest’s product understanding to create a technical story
  • Outlining an extensive program to maximize Bayer’s current assets and create a new space for the future

10.00
Panel Discussion: Demonstrating the Power of Microbials Through Effective Field Trial Design and Analysis

Synopsis

  • What are the required characteristics of a product to ensure it can be tested appropriately in the field?
  • What parameters are necessary to launch a microbial product in the agricultural market?
  • How do researchers use information from earlier field testing to modify formulation?
  • How much field trial information is necessary to engage distributors, seed and chemical companies?
  • What information do growers need to see for microbial based products?
  • How do organizations/researcher select CROs to partner with and how do you ensure the information collected reflects the performance of the product?

10.45
Morning Refreshments and Networking


CHALLENGES WITH CONSORTIA – UNDERSTANDING PLANT-MICROBE INTERACTIONS FOR PRECISION AGRICULTURE


Synopsis

Utilising a consortia-based products has specific challenges moving from validation and development. As the field of biologics moves from single strain studies to community-based products, the potential for disruptive solutions in crop productivity will be hindered by our ability to scale. The purpose of this theme will be to review the greatest challenges with consortia-based products.

11.30
Enhancing Crop Nutrition by Functional Design of Microbial Consortia

Synopsis

  • Roles of soil microbial community in plant nutrition and crop productivity
  • Tools and strategies for designing a microbial consortium based on functional attributes
  • Validation of functions of microbial consortia based products through laboratory and field testing


PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF THE PLANT MICROBIOME – GOVERNMENT, ACADEMIA AND INDUSTRY


Synopsis

Microbial based products are still yet to be widely adopted in agriculture but preliminary research suggest a clear potential for application globally. One challenge facing the industry is avoiding negative public perceptions such as those previously experienced by the biotech crop industries. Efforts in access of data, clear regulatory frameworks and recognition of benefits will help secure public support. The purpose of this theme will be to review how researchers/organizations are addressing this challenge in microbiome approaches to offer new opportunities to the agriculture industry.

11.50
Agtech Accelerator – Discovering and Developing Emerging Agricultural Technology Companies

Synopsis

  • Food as value – The Agricultural Startup
  • The shift to the external innovation model – the time is now!
  • Agtech Accelerator Portfolio Dashboard

12.10
Lunch and Networking


MICROBIAL METABOLITES/BY-PRODUCTS OF THE MICROBIOME (PEPTIDES, ENZYMES ETC)


Synopsis

In addition to the use of microbes, many research projects are focused on the diverse and highly specialized metabolites and signalling molecule produced by microorganisms which can be used in product development. The purpose of this theme will be to review how organizations are leveraging metabolite-based approaches to provide an alternative approach in translational microbiome research.

13.10
Using Peptides to Contribute to Fungicide and Nematicide Programs

Synopsis

  • Peptides, through signalling plants physiological pathways and trigging plant innate system, support plants defence against biotic and abiotic stress
  • Peptides provide additive and synergistic performance when used in the current chemical and microbial disease and nematodes programs by reducing crop damage and significantly increasing yield
  • PHC had been successful in development of cost efficient production method and registration of three peptides families – Innatus (disease), T-Rex (nematodes) and Y-Max (biostimulant) to address different market needs

13.30
High-Throughput Microbial Extract Screening for the Discovery of Novel Biopesticides

Synopsis

  • Aphea Bio is a young start-up in Ghent, Belgium, focusing on research and development of novel biostimulants and biopesticides for wheat, barley and maize
  • High-throughput microbial extract screening forms the main basis of the biopesticide screening platform
  • Hit extracts are being further tested for efficacy in planta


SELECTING TRAITS TO MODULATE THE MICROBIOME


Synopsis

As the microbial component of plants can be inherited from generation to generation, the ability to modulate microbiomes to design favourable traits will have huge ramifications on plant performance and crop survival. The purpose of this theme will be to review current research delving into trait discovery/plant breeding techniques that use the microbiome for positive outcomes.

13.50
Genomic Discovery Technology for Rapid Screening of New Trait Leads

Synopsis

• Only a small number of unique genes have been advanced into biotech crop
• How AgBiome have use high-throughput platforms to identify 3500 new pesticidal genes for insect and nematode control
• Using protein phylogeny to generate experimental guidance that can be used for product development

14.10
Chairperson Closing Remarks

14.20
End of 2nd Microbiome AgBioTech Summit 2018